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Multimedia Aided Prototype E Learning (Mapel) Modules For Teaching The Fundamentals Of The Finite Element Method

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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12.1089.1 - 12.1089.16



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Venkata Seshada Aluri University of Arkansas

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Venkata Aluri is currently working on his M.S. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at
the University of Arkansas. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania
University in Hyderabad, India in 2004.

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Javed Alam Youngstown State University

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Javed Alam is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Youngstown State
University. He obtained his M.S. degree from Asian Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. degree
from Case Western Reserve University. His research interests are in the area of Structural
Simulations and the Use of Technology in Engineering Education.

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Joseph Rencis University of Arkansas

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Multimedia Aided Prototype e-Learning (MAPeL) Modules for Teaching the Fundamentals of the Finite Element Method


Development and deliverance of multimedia aided e-Courses through Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in engineering education, offers a great potential for improving student learning outcomes and overcome existing educational challenges. This paper presents the development of an open access online Finite Element Method Learning environment (FEML) which is a part of bigger effort to develop Finite Element Method universal resource (FEMur) website. FEMur is an open access resource developed for teaching the basics of the finite element method. A brief discussion on FEMur resources consisting of computer codes, reference books, discussion groups, professional societies, etc., is also included.

FEML consists of static and interactive Multimedia Aided Prototype e-Learning (MAPeL) modules on topics such as linear algebra, degree of freedom, spring element, truss element and beam element. Each of these e-Learning modules includes five parts, e-Content, e- Lecture, e-Assessment, e-Computation and e-Simulation. A new approach of developing integrated animated pedagogical agents to deliver online finite element method prototype e- Lecture will be briefly discussed. Using multimedia components, such as graphics, animations, digital sound, etc., in developing interactive learning modules for teaching engineering can help students to effectively engage in the learning process and better understand the subject concepts. In the recent years, this approach has proven to be a benefit for instructors and students.


In recent years continual growth of Instructional Technology (IT) in engineering education, has led to the development and deliverance of multimedia aided e-Courses through Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Multimedia aided e-Courses include both content and elements of IT for effective dissemination of subject matter. They have gained importance as a way to solve existing educational challenges1. Use of multimedia elements, such as graphics, animations, digital sound digital video etc., to improve the student-content interaction promotes the use of e-Learning in engineering education. e-Learning is defined1 as the mapping of traditional teaching and learning practices to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It not only follows a student centered approach but also helps the instructors in creating effective teaching modules easily and quickly.

Finite Element Method universal resource

FEMur is a multimedia based open access online resource developed for teaching the basics of the Finite Element Method. Although a brief introduction of FEMur has been presented elsewhere2, an extended discussion on its general FEM resources and open access online Finite Element method Learning (FEML) environment will be presented here.

Aluri, V. S., & Alam, J., & Rencis, J. (2007, June), Multimedia Aided Prototype E Learning (Mapel) Modules For Teaching The Fundamentals Of The Finite Element Method Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2432

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